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month fo under a filibuster. the nra was itself, let's remember, invited to help negotiate and politely ending the proposal and putting everything it had into defeating it. that was a semi impressive an gross party trick on the part of the nra, but a trick they are incredibly proud of today. >> you fought and you beat president obama's misguided gun control proposals. h package that would have undermined in washington looked like an unstoppable freight train. >> can you point to what you just accomplished over the last few months bb when the entire tide of the national media and population culture was trying to erode a fundamental freedom. >> nra helped kill the expansion of background checks proposed in the senate last month and yes, that proposal small and popular and seemed at first likely to pass. this is not the big victory of tonight's nra speakers seem to think it is. quite the opposite, in fact. celebrating the victory of killing background checks last month is a narrative in which the story ends last month. but story did not end last month. we learned by public policy polling t
a top nra executive suggest that people in boston would have been safer two weeks ago if they had more guns? we're going to go live to the nra convention and ask. >>> hands on with google glass. we've got them in the studio. are they worth the hype. >>> i go one oun one with the top chef. all orb is the big wiper at the soggy kentucky derby. we're going to go live to church hill downs just ahead. i'm don lemon. >>> we begin this hour in houston where thousands are meeting for the nra convention. the executive vice president wayne lapierre for the first time links the boston bombings to gun control. listen. >> imagine waking up to a phone call from the police at 3:a.m. in the morning warning that a terrorists event is occurring outside and oring you to stay inside your home. i'm talking of course about boston where residents were in prison behind the locked doors of their own homes. a terrorist with bombs and guns just outside. frightened citizens sheltered in place with no means to defend themselves or their families from whatever might come crashing through their door. how many bos bo
and killed by police. investigators take a close look at his widow. >> it could be the nra's biggest convention ever. groups' leaders opened the vent with verbal guns blazing, accusing the federal government of waging a culture war. >>> and the veil is lifted on one of the top secrets of world war ii. an american that gambamboozled the nazis. that and more on "cbs this morning saturday" on saturday may 4th 2013. >>> and good morning, welcome to the weekend. welcome nancy cortis. we have a great group of guests for you including actors. >>> and in the dish we're going to get an early start on cinco de mayo with the host of "patty's mexican table." >> but we begin this morning with news from the middle east. an israeli air strike against syria. israeli officials say the target was a shipment of advanced long range missiles headed to hezbollah which is both major supporter of the assad regime in syria and an outspoken enemy of israel. at a stop in costa rica on friday, president obama addressed the syrian conflict. major garrett is traveling with the president and joi
and the fight over new gun laws. it's no secret the nra's goal is to stop any new gun laws. it called the defeat of background checks a victory. >> we don't mistake battles for wars. it was a victory in a battle, but the war continues. >> and there is more evidence this morning that the politics of this are changing. a poll shows that voters are more likely to support democrats kay hagan and mary landrieu, both in conservative states, because of their vote for background checks. >>> and then there was this moment in tucson. >> i would like to thank you so much for your vote. >> after that town hall meeting, that woman, pat simon, and other survivors of the shooting in tucson, presented senator john mccain with roses, 19 of them. 13 for the people who were injured, including gabby giffords, six for the people who died. i want to bring in nbc's casey hunt at the nra convention in houston. she's been covering the gun debate extensively. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. >> "usa today" poll showed how attendance at these meetings is going back up. if they get to 80,000, which they exp
, criminally insane and wife beaters, if you will, from getting more fire power. the nra has engaged in the same politics with the national republican committee. wayne lapierre loves reince priebus and reince priebus loves wayne lapieere. well, couldn't we look at the celebrations down in houston as the marriage between lethal hardware and the hard right and, yes, houston, we have a problem. joy reid and ed rendell, former governor of pennsylvania. the convention is taking place in houston, shows how far right the right has gone. the once bipartisan group known as the nra has gone so far right. look at this speaker's list. it's composed of hard right figures, people like sarah palin, ted cruz, rick perry, rick santorum, ted nugent and glenn beck. this afternoon, ted cruz took an end-zone dance, if you will, for helping to defeat the background check in the senate. let's watch his dance. >> a month ago you had the president holding press conference after press conference and his package of legislation that would have undermined the second amendment in washington look like an unstoppab
better time than this to gather with 70,000 friends and worship at the alter of the nra. >> stand, fight. >> make sure our second amendment rights are respected. >> we wanted to make the 1022 look like a modern assault rifle. >> we don't mistake battles for war. >> leave our freedom alone. >> everyone who voted against it is suffering and are going to continue to suffer. >> i have a lot of concerns about that leading to a registry. >> there's no indication that's true at all. >> thank you so much for your vote -- >> things happen somewhat slower in washington, but this is just the first round. >> rick perry! >> it is a busy friday and we're watching multiple developments this afternoon. the president is touching down in san jose, costa rica, the second and last stop on his latin america trip and a press conference last night in mexico, the president said he's not give ing up on his push to pass gun safety reform. >> things happen somewhat slowly in washington. but this is just the first round. >> that remark coming as the nra gets its convention underway. more on that just ahead and a re
. greatly appreciate that. >>> the nra is meeting for its annual convention while protests are planned outside. we'll tell you the speaker set to address the crowd them include sarah palin, governor bobby jindal, senator ted cruz. we'll tell you who else is on the list. and join the conversation on twitter. you can find us attate tamron hall. the boys used double miles from their capital one venture card to fly home for the big family reunion. you must be garth's father? hello. mother. mother! traveling is easy with the venture card because you can fly any airline anytime. two words. double miles! this guy can act. wanna play dodge rock? oh, you guys! and with double miles you can actually use, you never miss the fun. beard growing contest and go! ♪ i win! what's in your wallet? i win! what that's great. it won't take long, will it? nah. okay. this, won't take long will it? no, not at all. how many of these can we do on our budget? more than you think. didn't take very long, did it? this spring, dig in and save. that's nice. post it. already did. more saving. more doing. that's the p
-degree murder. >>> and then the first nra weekend, the first since pushing for tougher gun laws. more than 70,000 members are expected to attend the gun shows and rallies. and sarah palin kicked things off by criticizing the obama administration for, quote, exploiting victims of gun violence. listen. >> we have these tragedies like aurora and immediately the question raised in washington is well what can we do to limit the freedom of the people? but it's the wrong question. the question better asked is what can we do to nurture and support a people capable of living in freedom? >> other well known names on the schedule are radio personality, glenn beck, and rocker ted nugent. let's go where athena jones is live. what is going on there today? >> reporter: hi, victor. good morning. today is going to be about the nitty gritty, giving nra members marching orders to try to implement some measures of gun control in addition to the nationwide ones. one word for you or three words in some ways about what was going on in the first full day of the nra convention, and it's politics, politics, politics.
that will be all over the weair waves as the nra comes to town. it features an nra member whose sister was murdered, shot by her husband. good morning. i'm thomas roberts. topping the agenda, advocates of gun control take their campaign to the nra's doorstep two hours from now. the gun lobby will open its annual convention in houston, an event that will draw up to 70,000 of the nra's self-reported four million members, including families members of gun violence victims who plan to hold vigil outside and read out loud the names of loved ones who have died at the hand of gun violence. now, inside, it's expected to be a celebratory, the nra fresh off the defeat of the gun control bill in congress. >> one of the things we don't do is we don't mistake battles for wars. it was a victory in a battle, but the war continues. this is in essence a family gathering for believers in the second amendment. >> causes colliding in houston as republicans in congress continue to feel serious heat back at home after voting no on capitol hill. at least one being accused of rewriting history with thi
to the bombings when he spoke at the nra national meeting today in texas. take a listen. >> how many bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago? >> we'll say we have more on lapierre's comments in a moment. in boston today we know the officially report on how one of the bombing suspects died. in a word, it was violently. we have the death certificate. that says tamerlan tsarnaev died after several gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and upper body. police believe he was run over and dragged by his younger brother trying to get away. president obama is standing by the fbi and other law enforcement agencies who worked together in those days and hours after the bombing. he said this today. i don't think it is fair to say that law enforcement dropped the ball. i think this is a very difficult challenge when you have individuals who are self-radicalizing. they are not part of some massive conspiracy or a network. i will be making sure that we are following up on any additional improvements that can be made. i want to get to erin mcpike in rhode island where the wife, now widow of tamerlan
a different message on gun control as 70,000 people take part in the nra convention. the next guest has been as clear a conventional data senior opinion editor for "the washington times." >> thank you for having me. >> what is your impression for the president blaming the west? >> is astounding the president of united states is soesperate to infringe on second amendment rights he will tell mexicans one of the reasons is to make them safer. as soon as i heard the speech i interviewed governor rick perry here in texas and he was literally speechless and took a few minutes to recover and he said i am incredulous the president would go to mexico to say this is what we're doing and this is exactly the reason the president has complete disdain for the constitution that and once do disarm the public. lori: as a sidebar i read your piece and he does not rule out another run for president? >> interesting. i thought he would have on and he's and i will make a decision by the end of this year in 2013 and i thought i got the impression he was leaning in that direction. lori: back to the nra meeting jame
. >> thank you, randi. >>> seven acres of guns, and controversy. the nra is off and running. and there are supporters of tougher laws will challenge them this weekend. we will talk to them next. >>> this weekend the nra is hosting its 147th annual meeting in downtown houston. it's their first since the aurora theater shooting and in newtown. more than 70,000 people are expected to attend gun shows and seminars and rallies and this year's theme is stand and fight. and well known speakers are scheduled. sarah palin, and wayne lapierre. and they kicked thing off by criticizing the obama administration for using victims of gun violence against them. >> where we see tragedy, barack obama and michael bloomberg, they see opportunity. while we pray for god to comfort those suffering unimaginable pain, they rush to microphones and cameras, gather in war rooms on capitol hill and scheme about how to use that suffering to push their political agenda. they follow rahm emanuel's blueprint. never let a tragedy go to waste. >> patricia joins me live from houston. she is actually from tucso
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of congress understand that there are risks and rewards associated with upsetting the nra. >> if you are with us, we will support you and give you a high rating and run ads for you. if you hurt us, we will try to get you. >> the sun life foundation has some startling figures about how the nra leadership -- leadership runs deep in the u.s. congress. members of congress have received in are a funding in their career. received nrangress funds. this is where the nra spends its millions, to influence the seat of power. lobbyistd six associations within a two kilometers your -- two range of this place. it is not clear how the american such deep pockets. it is believed to come from gun manufacturers and its 4 million members around the country. money andts say politics have long gone hand and hand in washington. but people -- pro-gun reform side is spoiling for a fight. given the nra's power and resources, will be a long time before a pro-gun groups can match its political spending. for the first time, voters may be willing to punish members of congress who bought public opinion in favor of
of a broader gun culture relentlessly stoked, supported and prodded by the gun industry and the nra, the folks sitting in that ballroom in houston and it's a discussion we need to respect as though they're a religion. now, guns are part of our culture. that's a culture that even seems to embrace this. >> where are you going? >> to shoot my new cricket rifle. >> i wish i had one. >> my first rifle, a moment you will never forget. girls and moms will love one to pick to their own taste. start your own tradition. >> that's a gun designed, manufactured and marketed for children. that's the kind of gun caroline sparks' 5-year-old brother was given as a gift last year and accidentally shot and killed her this week. we don't manufacture or market alcohol to children or steak knives or drugs or cigarettes or drugs of liquid draino. apparently we're all supposed to be okay of gun companies designing and marketing deadly weapons for kids because that's part of this culture, introducing them to guns early on, passing on this sacred tradition. when i read the story of carolyn spanks, i'm not part of gun c
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anything at all to do with guns. this small but intense group is made up of the gun industry, the nra and for lack of a better word, let's say gun enthusiasts. and the main thing you need to remember any time you're trying to wrap your head around gun policy in this country is what you see in these two charts. okay. one shows the number of guns that exist in this country going up while the other shows simultaneously the number of gun-owning households is going down. what that means is more and more guns are being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. more people are not buying new guns, more gun owners are buying more new guns. and that smaller group of people is more intensely interested in defending a zero regulation vision of gun rights. for a long time, that smaller and smaller number of people with more and more guns have been able to bully everybody else into going along with their vision of a largely unregulated firearms marketplace. but then there was the shooting of then congresswoman gabrielle giffords and 19 others in tucson which left six of those victims dead, including
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a gun. >> the annual national rifle association convention is in houston this weekend. an nra public affairs officer speaking about the convention said the nra doesn't do pep rallies. we're engaged in a long battle that will take years. we know it's not over. the nra convention has a leadership forum scheduled for tomorrow, featuring such leaders as governor dropout sarah palin, freshman senator ted cruz, louisiana governor bobby jindal, who has a whopping 38% approval rating in his own state. and republican presidential campaign losers rick perry and rick santorum. but the really big event is, of course, saturday night in what the nra is calling, quote, their words, the most important gathering of the year. and that, of course, can only mean a keynote speech by glenn beck. and to close the convention sunday night, ted nugent will speak about, quote, repaying our debt to here owes, end quote. apparently the nra could not get an actual military veteran to speak about, quote, the ultimate sacrifices of the u.s. military warriors and their families. so they got ted nugent. joining me no
rendell, former governor of pennsylvania. the nra convention shows just how far right the far right has gone. the nra has gone so far right. look at the speakers list. almost exclusively composed of hard right figures like sarah palin, rick santorum, ted nugent and glenn beck. looks like the roster from a cpac convention. in fact, it's the same list. this afternoon, ted cruz, well, took an end zone dance if you will for helping defeat the background checks bill in the senate. let's watch his dance. >> a month ago, you had the president holdinging it seemed press conference after press conference -- in washington look like an unstoppable freight train. i was joined by rand paul and mike lee. in writing a short and simple letter to harry reid that said we will filibuster any legislation that undermines the right to keep an bear arms. because each of you spoke out and because u millions of americans spoke out, two weeks ago when the proposals came to a vote, every vote that would have undermined the second amendment was voted down. >> he was engaged in that one-man kissing booth, rick sant
, an eighth grader arrested for wearing an nra shirt to school? the shocking story that -- you know what? the hell with that. and who is the most hated celebrity in hollywood? the answer is in the box. greg? >> i don't get it. >> you will. >> will i? >> you will when you do the story. it is called a tease, greg. >> oh, you are teasing me. go away. let's welcome our guests. she is so cute that care bears carry jedediah bila lunch boxes. it is jed did you dye yaw booy law -- jedediah bila. and i would like to welcome a first time against, joe machi. and bill schulz. and he was just fired from sabaro. con grat -- congratulationses and thanks for ironing your clothes, jesse joyce. did you mistake a brick for an iron? >> oh dear. >> a block. the lede. that's the first story. have a great show, friend. >> he has had a change of heart our announcer. he is now giving us gifts. >> it is nice to be nice. >> he is back and he is boring. every man, woman and mythological creature that works on "red eye" rejoiced for anthony wiener has returned to twitter. on monday after a two-year hiatus, the disg
teller. nra oracle, wayne lapierre also had his predictions, at last year's big gun bash. >> we know if president obama gets a second term, america as we know it will be on its way to being lost forever. >> america may not be lost forever, but it is changing. since the last nra convention, moviegoers were gunned down in aurora, colorado, months later, 26 children and adults were killed at sandy hook elementary. and since that december morning in newtown, at least 3,819 people have been killed by guns in america. in the intervening months, the change that has happened has happened slowly and in small steps. it has happened discreetly and at the local level. republican senator kelly ayotte returned home this week. and at every town hall she's held, she's faced a grilling by her constituents about her vote against universal background checks. >> i really don't understand -- it doesn't make sense to me, what is wrong with universal background checks? >> okay, thank you, john. >> i will tell you in terms of a universal background check, as it's been framed, i have a lot of concerns about
against the background checks was going completely to their nra masters. she turned the question around saying it was about mental health, which is completely false. it's about access to guns. having background checks on potential felons, domestic abusers, other people who are seriously mentally ill is just basic common sense. back in 2001 when special forces went into afghanistan after 9/11, they recovered a training manual that al qaeda was using, which said that terrorists should come gun shopping in america because it's so easy to get guns. no background checks required. >> so we're seeing repercussions right now of those who have voted against it. does it work, and will it shift the dynamics here? this is just a little bit of reaction we saw just now. >> i think it will. i think the american people -- sandy hook was a wake-up call for them. the slaughter of 20 6-year-olds. but every day, over 30 americans die from guns. that's over 31,000 every year. that's slow-motion mass murder. our politicians are willfully ignoring that and following their nra masters because they're getting m
our nations. >>> nra's annual convention continues today in houston. republican senator ted cruz helped jump start the three-day event by firing up the crowd and offering this challenge to the white house. listen. >> i would like to invite the vice president to engage in an hour-long conversation and debate, how do we stop crime? >> no word yet from the vice president, but there's always a race to watch in the bat ground of all battle ground states. we are talking about iowa, the hawkeye state. last night, congressman steve king announced in a tweet that he will not be running for democratic senator tom harkin's seat. king tweeting, i will not run for senate in 2014 a senate race takes me out of urgent battles in congress that can't wait until 2015. thank many thanks to all w that, he is out. >>> south carolina is a political hotspot this weekend, two potential 2016 candidates spent their friday evening there. there is, of course, that big race coming up in a few days. vice president joe biden addressed the south carolina democratic party in columbia last night in texas under ted
're expecting a lot of conservative voices to talk about what the president of the nra says is a fight that's not over. sarah palin, rick perry, senator ted cruz, who led the fight which ended up being successful for them on capitol hill here as gun control did not pass. this is part strategy session, a part rally and part gun show. 600 dealers expected to attend. but outside of houston, there are lawmakers still feeling the pinch of the vote against gun control. senator kelli ayotte back home, down 15 points in the polls after that vote. >> tracie potts live from washington, thanks so much for that. >>> new information on the boston bombings. investigators say the marathon was not the original target. suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev reportedly told fbi officials he and his older brother tamerlan originally planned to attack on the 4th of july but they moved it up after they finished their bomb early. they then decided on the marathon as their target. the explosives were built in cambridge. family members finally claimed tamerlan's body transferring it it to a funeral home outside boston. he was
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new writer in "the daily beast." he wrote a great piece yesterday called the next time the nra will lose. this is unprecedented. he is predicting along with a lot of other people that the president is right we are going to win, this isn't over. >> on background check? >> stephanie: yes, he has inside information from several people that are ready to change their vote. you are seen the polls, all of the people who voted for have seen their numbers go up and all of them who voted against it, their numbers plummeted. >> yeah, and we haven't even had the vote yet. >> stephanie: yes, and i vote for letting us have a vote. mike writes the background check bill isn't finished and when it comes up for a vote again, the pressure will be on the senators who recently did the nra's bidding. how stupid does the vote look now? i asked the others. they obviously knew they were going to lose. i would say not very stupid at all. the nose dive taken in the polls by the numbers of senator who voted against the bill makes it crystal clear that legislators in washington are feelin
. >>> seven acres of guns, gear and controversy. we're live in texas for the latest on the nra's big annual meeting. >>> hollywood star's late-night encounter with police that ended in a mug shot and public apology. find out what reese witherspoon said to police and it's all caught on tape. serving up sneezes... [ sneezing ] she may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec®. powerful allergy relief for adults and kids six years and older. zyrtec®. love the air. she was a picky eater. well now i'm her dietitian and last year, she wasn't eating so well. so i recommended boost complete nutritional drink to help her get the nutrition she was missing. and now she drinks it every day. well, it tastes great! [ male announcer ] boost has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones, and 10 grams of protein to help maintain muscle. and our great taste is guaranteed or your money back. learn more at boost.com [ dietitian ] now, nothing keeps mom from doing what she loves... being my mom. [ dietitian ] now, nothing keeps mom i've always had to keep my
in mexico city telling them how they can help their country's future. go to cnn.com/live. >>> the nra is holding it's annual meeting -- no celebrating the fact the nra -- our chief congressional correspondent is in washington. i want to read to you what was on a facebook page this morning. quote, nothing like waking up to a poll saying you're the nation's least popular senator p given the public's dim view of congress in general, that puts me somewhere just below pond scum, end quote. >> perhaps they're under fire. they're not unfamiliar with that. what is most fascinating about what's going on during this congressional recess is what's happening with gun control groups. their strategy is simple. they're trying to get senators to change their mind by publicly shaming them. >> is the senator in today? >> reporter: karen's son was killed in colorado movie massacre. she's been trying unsuccessfully to see her senator since he voted against expanding background checks last month. the gun control group sent her to try again this time inviting cameras. >> i want him to look a mother in the
then congresswoman gabby giffords. nra rally will draw more this weekend than last year's even. the nra will maim their new president, jim porter. the outgoing president praised the appointment of porter and telling "the washington times" this. as we are likely to win most of the legislative battles in congress we have to move to courts to restrictions placed on gun owners' rights in new york, connecticut, maryland, and colorado. he seems quite sure that the nra will be waning winning their upcoming legislative battles. that's nice. >> i want to go back to these senators. unfortunately, the next time a crazy or somebody who would have not gotten a gun from a background check kills somebody, i want to know what their response is going to be because they literally have blood on their hands. i want their response. that senator's response the next time whether it's tomorrow, next week, next month, a child, anybody who is killed by somebody that might have been prevented by a background check, i want to know their answers at that moment in time because they have blood on their hands. that simple. ther
energizing the nra's annual meeting, possibly its largest ever. it is expected to draw more than 70,000 gun enthusiasts throughout the weekend. martin and donna baker joined the nra this year. >> second amendment needs all the support it can get right now. >> reporter: after the mass shootings in aurora and newtown, the nra's critics had momentum until two weeks ago. >> this was a pretty shameful day for washington. >> reporter: when a bill aimed at expanding background checks for commercial gun sales failed in the senate. >> we will never back away from our resolve to defend our rights and the rights of all law abiding american gun owners. >> reporter: the gun control debate is far from over. >> i'm an nra member. i also believe in sensible gun laws. >> reporter: this new tv ad airing in houston is part of a renewed push by gun control advocates ahead of the 2014 midterm election. the movement is paid for in part by new york mayor michael bloomberg. outside the convention hall today, small protests on behalf of the victims of gun violence. >> i think about jesse almost constantly. >> repor
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what you're hearing as you go around, when everybody says, well, everybody, even the nra says we ought to have background checks, why is it that the republicans refuse it? and i think ultimately, al, they come to the realization as they go into this next election, they are going to run nool ads, one after another from somebody saying, do you realize that x didn't vote for background checks? he doesn't care who gets a gun or how think get it, he didn't care about you. that kind of ad is going to kill them in the next election. >> what did you think of senator toomey saying that they voted against it just because the president was for it, because there was a time that even the nra was for background checks. >> i have thought, al, ever since january of 2009, that everything was about defeating and embarrassing and humiliating barack obama. that's the only way you can explain it because it never was about public policy. there have been instances where the republicans have been for a particular policy but if barack obama says he's for it, he's against it. there is simply no way except they
in houston. the festivities begin friday and go all weekend. if previous nra conventions are any guide, you can expect a lot of gun sellers selling a lot of guns. you can expect gun and hyperbole enthusiast ted nugent to say something intentionally outrageous. last year the news said by this time this year if president obama were re-elected he'd either be dead or in jail. like much of what the long haired outrage generator says that turned out not to be true. he'll be speaking at the convention sunday. outside the convention is another politically powerful group, survivors of gun violence and families of gun violence victims including at least one relative of a newtown victim. as they have done many times before, they will read aloud the names of gun violence victims, 4,000 of them. that's happening over the next few days in houston. what's also happening in the next few days, the congressional medal of honor society will honor the six educators gunned down at sandy hook in december. four vietnam veterans will travel to newtown to present the honor and present to all sandy hook teachers and
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've been having has come down to the nra versus gun control advocates. do you really believe that you can have a debate with the nra? >> well, i don't think that sandy hook promise is trying to debate the nra. i think that what sandy hook promise is saying, and forgive me because i'm not a politician, i'm coming from a parent's point of view, is we're trying to say, okay, you own a gun, you don't own guns. i've never owned a gun. i don't know what it's like to own a gun. but there are a lot of responsible gun owners out there, some of whom are nra members. and they want safety for their children@(tju$eir grandchildren. so, the common sense and what x' "i'm from pennsylvania," a lot of people have passionate feelings about this. and yet, they were willing to stand up and say, "you know what, i'm a human. i'm a person. so are you. i'm a father. i'm a grandfather." it -- >> and yet, a minority of senators defeated the bill. >> well, this time. but, you know, i already had a gut feeling the vote was not going to pass that day. i called that day, i called about 25 senators who had, some of who
of gun enthusiasts descending upon houston for what may be the most watched nra convention ever, the theme this year, stand and fight. abc's jeff zeleny is in washington this morning. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. you're right, the nra says that its membership is up and the group's leaders are fighting what they call a culture war. but they're coming face to face with some of those families of those nooult shooting victims. this morning, the gun lobby is riding high. >> we are americans, we are proud of it and we are going to defend our freedom. we promise you. >> reporter: the nra is gathering for the second day of its annual convention, celebrating their latest legislative victory. >> leave our freedoms alone. >> reporter: five months after the newtown massacre re-opened a national debate on guns not a single new federal gun law has passed. >> you saw what happened to the united states senate a few days ago. >> this is a fight for the future of freedom. >> reporter: tens of thousands of nra members are here listening to conservative leaders rally t
school shootings. gabe gutierrez joins us now. >> reporter: the nra's recent victory in congress over the expanded background checks energized this convention. meanwhile, the group's opponents promise to keep fighting. today thousands more nra members are expected to pack houston's convention center. >> it's the second amendment and needs all the support it can get right now. >> reporter: the offenicial meeting of members tonight and a rally highlighted by glenn beck. a day after fellow conservatives like sarah palin and rick santorum took the stage. >> this is a fight for the future of freedom. >> this is a critical time in american history. >> reporter: following the mass shootings in newtown and aurora, the nra critics had momentum until a bill aimed at expanding background checks for gun sales failed two weeks ago in the senate. >> we will never back away from our resolve to defend our rights and the rights of all law abiding american gun owners. >> reporter: gun control advocates are renewing their push. >> i'm an nra member and believe in sensible gun laws. >> this new ad is air
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